AV amp for 5.1 and stereo hi-fi
I'll soon be in a position to put a half decent AV system for the lounge as I'll be moving house which will mean a lot more space. Hi-fi wise I have a Marantz set-up which is probably about 11 years old composing of the following:
Speakers: Monitor Audio Bronze B2 on Atacama stands
I'd like if possible integrate the stero speakers and stands into the AV set up as the front pair, buy an AV amp and potentially use some Monitor Audio Vectors for the centre, rear and sub.
So my questions are:
> Will the sound 'work' as I'm aware the drive units in the B2s are far larger than than those found in the Vectors?
> Is there an AV amp that can do 5.1 and stereo? Maybe something which can bypass all the processing guff to give a cleaner sound when in stereo mode and just driving the B2s?
I was looking at this potentially? http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/azur-351r-av-receiver ...
...although something a little cheaper would be great.
Any ideas or experiences welcome...